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How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

Over the past two months I had the unique experience of working on story writing and storytelling with two fourth grade classrooms and six ninth  grade classrooms. Some weeks I’d be with the fourth graders one day and the ninth graders the very next day. To say that there was a huge difference in the groups would be putting it mildly. When you walk into a fourth grade classroom as a teaching artist, you are made to feel like a rock star.       “Wahoo!”      “Miss Lindsay is here!”      “Yay!”    ...

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My Friend, Abu Bhakar: A Refugee Story

Posted by on February 5, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are living in difficult times. Polarizing times. Times that would seek to divide us instead of unite. The words ‘refugee’ and ‘immigrant’ have been buzz words in the news lately. It’s probably no secret, based on the work that I do and the people that I share my life with, that both of these words carry a lot of weight to me. Most of the time I don’t say too much because I don’t want my voice to be one that merely adds to the noise and brings division. So I find myself asking the question: How can I...

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Spreading Holiday Cheer: A Lesson Learned from a 2 Year Old

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Spreading Holiday Cheer: A Lesson Learned from a 2 Year Old

This past week my husband, son, and I went out for lunch at one of those fast-food type chains where you choose your meal then go through the line to select your toppings. When we made it to the end of the line, we were greeted by one of the unfriendliest cashiers I have ever encountered. She seemed to have a permanent scowl on her face and didn’t even try to perk up for us. When her smiling co-worker passed her our bowls, she snapped at her – “What is this?” — as she tried to determine how to ring it up. Now whether she is...

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Summer Reading Program Tour Schedule

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Below you will find a list of the places where I’ll be traveling to perform this summer. Wherever I have included a time and location, the performance is free and open to the public. However, you may want to check with the library to see if you need to register. I look forward to a fun and exciting summer as always and hope to see lots of familiar faces as well as new ones. So please feel free to share this post and tell your friends. For more info on this summer’s show, Let the Games Begin, click here.   Summer Reading...

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Why Being the Best Is Over-Rated

Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Over the last few months, I’ve become keenly aware of what a competitive culture we live in. From hearing stories about high school athletes intentionally harming opposing players in order to win to seeing political debates in which candidates will say anything to gain ground against their opponents — there is a huge emphasis placed on being the best. I think it’s a tension that we all feel, even in spheres of our lives that might not seem competitive on the surface. This competitive spirit creeps up on us in the most...

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When a Laundry Basket Isn’t a Laundry Basket: The Gift of Imagination

Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a Laundry Basket Isn’t a Laundry Basket: The Gift of Imagination

Imagination is a wonderful thing. I’ve always had what might best be described as an over-active imagination. If my ideas weren’t keeping me awake at night, they’d have me waking at the crack of dawn — racing for the nearest pen and paper to jot down my latest inspiration. To this day I try to keep a notebook nearby at all times because one never knows when inspiration will strike! I’ve learned from experience that just as quickly as brilliant ideas come, they will just as quickly vanish into thin air. It’s...

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The Gift of Story: A Perfect Fit for “Children” of All Ages

Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Gift of Story: A Perfect Fit for “Children” of All Ages

It’s funny how as soon as people hear I’m a storyteller, they assume that I work with children. While that’s mostly true, it’s not entirely true. Occasionally I get the opportunity to tell stories to groups of adults. Whenever I do, it’s always an absolute blast. I love seeing adults let their “inner child” come out to play. It seems like there’s something about putting on a goofy costume hat that will bring out the child in anybody. On top of this, I’ve never met anyone who can’t...

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New Mother’s Day Program: Celebrate Mom!

Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Mother’s Day Program: Celebrate Mom!

“The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.” -Washington Irving There’s something super-special about the bond of a mother and her child. You could almost call it magical. What better way to celebrate that special bond than with stories! Last year I got a grant from Arts in Stark to do a storytelling series for the Young Moms Club at the Stark County District Library. The series was called Mom and Me Storytelling and was designed to show moms how to bring stories to...

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Princess Power: Painting a New Vision for Girls in Picture Books!

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Princess Power: Painting a New Vision for Girls in Picture Books!

Princesses are all the rage when it comes to books for girls. And while I don’t have anything against princesses, I don’t think every girl dreams of being one. (Being treated like royalty, yes, but not actually being a princess!) Truth be told, I don’t remember having princess dreams. I do remember wanting to be a veterinarian, a lawyer, an actress, and Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives all by the time I was in fourth grade. That’s why I absolutely love two recently published picture books that open up...

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Show Don’t Tell: How to Write Emotions

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Show Don’t Tell: How to Write Emotions

Awhile back I had the opportunity to do an Author Visit at a school. As I was preparing, I happened to see a timely blog post from author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. The theme of the post was “Show Don’t Tell.” As the mantra of the writing industry, I thought that would be the perfect topic for the group of students I’d be working with — especially since it would allow me to draw upon my theatre background. I ended up putting together an interactive workshop that had the students using theater techniques like tableaux and...

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